Sunna Gunnlaugs

A Few Trees Growing

July 26, 2011 11:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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A few months ago I wrote a blogpost about Planting a Thousand Seeds to grow ten trees, well I am excited to tell you that the trees are growing. I've managed to fill in my mini tour of Europe in September so my quartet now has 5 consecutive concerts. My trio, which just finished recording new material for a CD due out in the fall, will be performing the opening night of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival on August 20th. (read more…)

Review in Concerto

February 3, 2011 10:42 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
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Life is full of surprises isn't it? We jazz musicians try to get our albums reviewed and most reviewers receive more albums than  they can cover so I feel very fortunate when someone picks mine to review. You can imagine how I felt double fortunate when two Austrian critics emailed me to inform me that they had reviewed "The Dream". The only problem was that both of them had written the review for the February issue of Concerto. (read more…)

Inspiration, Call and Response.

November 18, 2010 10:27 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (1)
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Inspiration is an interesting thing. You could say it is a kind of a call and response… like jazz. Or maybe jazz is inspiration. At least the best performances are when the performer is the most inspired. So what inspires us? What causes that chemical reaction in our brain that opens up the channel for endless ideas? (read more…)

Who Needs a Label? I've Got You Babe!

November 3, 2010 11:44 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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So here I am sitting at my computer in Iceland (instead of the piano) in an effort to reach jazz listeners worldwide. I do enjoy it… that is, the feedback I get from people all over the world. It is thrilling to think that people of so many different cultures enjoy my music.

But how did that happen? Historically, an artist would hope to get signed by a reputable label who would then buy ads, wine and dine distributors and generally grease the wheels to get their artist known. (read more…)

The Joy of Music

August 18, 2010 2:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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I gave a concert at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival last Monday. I was presenting my new album "The Dream" with an Icelandic version of the quartet. Scott and I had 3 rehearsals with bassist Þorgrímur Jónsson and saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson. When you change half the members of a jazz quartet the music unavoidable takes on a new shape with the personalities of the new members, (and these guys have great personalities). Therefor there was a sense of freshness and excitement around the performance.

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Pay What You Want

July 30, 2010 11:02 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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What a great season summer is. The sun is shining and my balcony is blooming with fresh herbs. I love it! On top of that my new album "The Dream" is also blooming on US and Canadian radio. I'm so thrilled. It jumped straight to #20 on CMJ jazz chart and straight to #3 on jazz radio in Canada. I'm so glad that the two days I spent stuffing envelopes and putting 5 stamps on each one is paying off. To celebrate it I am doing a 2 day summer sale "Pay What You Want – No Minimum" for all my albums on bandcamp including "The Dream" The sale ends August 1st 2010. (read more…)

Getting Into Jazz via Kool and The Gang.

June 14, 2010 3:35 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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JazzSessionThere is so much going on right now. I'm ecstatic to announce that we reached our Kickstarter goal with the help of 64 generous and wonderful people. I am expecting copies of my new CD "The Dream" today and tomorrow I leave for a short US tour. The CD will be available for order here on June 17th or if you are in the Baltimore area you could come get your own copy at An Die Musik that evening or any of the following performances.

Today I am very fortunate to be featured on The Jazz Session with Jason Crane. I love the teaser that he sent out on Twitter. "Which Icelandic pianist got into jazz through Kool and The Gang?" That's right! I was a Kool and The Gang fan and you can hear me talk about that in this interview and also hear samples from the new CD. Download The Jazz Session podcast or just listen to it online here.